Lighting is a major factor in a home’s design and can make all the difference when creating a warm and inviting living space. Although electrical lighting can be used to make a dark space brighter, natural lighting a much more appealing option. But, what if a room's design does not allow for traditional windows, what other natural lighting choices are available? Let’s look at a few of them:
One of the more common alternatives to adding natural light into a dark space is skylights. Skylight windows a very effective at adding a maximum amount of natural light into a room. If you do decide that you want to install skylights in your home, make sure they are double-paned windows and check that the flashing is done correctly, otherwise, you may run into problems.
Clerestory windows are another good natural light option as they are short and wide in design and are usually installed high on a wall. The positioning and shape of the window allow a good amount of natural light but, because of the roof overhang, it does not allow excessive heat into the room during the summer months. Because the sun is in a lower position in the winter, however, it does help to heat the room in the colder months.
Yet another way of adding natural light into a dark space is with light tubes. As the name may suggest, these are tubes covered in a highly reflective material. A lens is also fitted to the tube which can minimize the intensity of the midday sun but also enhance low-level light. A light diffuser helps to distribute natural light evenly through the room.
These alternatives to traditional windows can help to make your home an inviting space to live in.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector